J.K. Rowling To Make Some More 'Harry Potter' Money with Spin-Off Films

September 12, 2013

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J.K. Rowling is returning to the universe of Harry Potter, that wizarding world where you magically make a lot more money than you do writing a crime novel under a pseudonym. Warner Bros. has announced that the author will forego asking us to read anything and make her screenwriting debut on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film that will kick-start a prequel series set seventy years before Daniel Radcliffe became a Mindfreak.

As Glasses Wizard devotees will no doubt recognize, the title comes from the name of a Hogwart's textbook written by Newt Scamander. The plan is for the film to follow the fictional author, a New Yorker who evidently knew where to find all the city's strangest creatures--at least until Giuliani sent most of them off in a bus.

In the press release, Rowling detailed the process that brought her to return to Harry Potter's world, which began with the studio begging her to make this or any other film they could easily sell as a Harry Potter follow-up. As Rowling felt "very protective of it and ... already knew a lot about Newt," she decided to just write the script herself from "an idea [that] took shape that [she] couldn't dislodge," which may or may not have been the idea of being a billionaire again.

Like they did with Harry Potter, Warner Bros. also plans to stretch the series across as many platforms as possible, already developing it across "video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com." So, yes, it's a good day for we Potter fans who, since Deathly Hallows concluded the series, have desperately been itching for the beloved author to give us some new enhanced links.

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